Volcanic ash shuts Berlin and Hamburg airports

Volcanic ash shuts Berlin and Hamburg airports

Ash floating thousands of kilometres from an erupting volcano in Iceland has forced the closure of airports in Berlin, Hamburg and other northern German cities overnight.

Four soldiers killed in Afghanistan attack

Four soldiers killed in Afghanistan attack

Four Bundeswehr soldiers were killed and five injured during a Taliban attack in northern Afghanistan on Thursday, the German government said in a statement.

Police union warns of carnage during May Day protests

Police union warns of carnage during May Day protests

In the face of security gaps and overstretched police, the mounting threat of radical political violence could explode on the traditional protest day of May Day and possibly lead to deaths and hundreds of injuries, the head of the police union warned Thursday.

Court rules against ‘Ossi’ discrimination case

Court rules against ‘Ossi’ discrimination case

More than 20 years after Germany’s reunification, a Stuttgart labour court ruled on Thursday that former East Germans - known by the pejorative "Ossi" - are not an ethnic group and cannot therefore sue for discrimination.

Germany offers world advice on running an efficient economy

Germany offers world advice on running an efficient economy

Germany offered other countries information on how to run their economies in a more efficient fashion on Thursday with the online publication of documents in English on the "German job miracle."

Scientists predict colder European winters to come

Scientists predict colder European winters to come

Continental Europe and Britain are likely to see more unusually cold winters like last season due to low solar activity, according to a new study by British and German researchers published on Thursday.

Brotherhood ordered Williamson to skip Holocaust trial

Brotherhood ordered Williamson to skip Holocaust trial

English Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson wanted to appear in court to fight Holocaust denial charges in Bavaria this week, but was ordered to stay away by his ultra-conservative Saint Pius X Society, his lawyer told The Local Thursday.

Nazi castle turned into museum dedicated to Hitler’s dreaded SS

Nazi castle turned into museum dedicated to Hitler’s dreaded SS

A new museum devoted to Adolf Hitler's murderous SS has opened in a mysterious castle designed to be the spiritual home of the Nazi global empire after World War II. AFP's Richard Carter reports.

Bee colonies wiped out by killer parasite

Bee colonies wiped out by killer parasite

Germany's honey bee population is being threatened by a killer parasite and intensive farming practices, both of which have destroyed up to 200,000 bee colonies in recent months, a Thursday media report said.

What’s on in Germany: April 15 – 21

What’s on in Germany: April 15 – 21

This week's highlights: Slow food sizzles in Stuttgart, Wanda Jackson charms Berlin, and a photo albums from the Second World War go on display in Frankfurt.

Environment agency backs national road tolls

Environment agency backs national road tolls

The Federal Environment Agency is backing a nationwide road toll that would charge motorists depending on how far they drive, a media report said Thursday.

Merkel pushes closer ties with California

Merkel pushes closer ties with California

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Wednesday night in Los Angeles she wanted to boost Germany’s relationship with California and use the west coast of the United States as a gateway to Asia.

Guttenberg rushes to re-equip Bundeswehr

Guttenberg rushes to re-equip Bundeswehr

The speedy upgrade to Bundeswehr weaponry in response to the bloodshed of Good Friday in Afghanistan continues with Germany set to fast-track an order for 60 new Swiss-made armoured cars, according to a Thursday media report.